Maude | The Gay Bar | Season 6 Episode 9 Full Episode | The Norman Lear Effect

With television shows like Modern Family, Will & Grace, Ellen or the many other current countless TV series with an LGBTQ+ character, it’s difficult to imagine a time when there wasn’t one.

However, some TV shows of the 1970’s like Maude were way ahead of their time. Many episodes dealt with abortion and other liberal, progressive topics. One topical Maude episode was called “The Gay Bar”. It was groundbreaking at the time but still holds many laughs and truths. It first aired in December 3, 1977 during Season 6, Episode 9. (There are some funny topical jokes about anti gay singer and orange juice spokesperson Anita Bryant. Frank Campanella has a guest role as the tough bartender in the place.) Some of the funniest scenes are at the end with two twists! After repeated watchings, it still amazes. Watch and enjoy then let us know your thoughts. Happy Pride Month!

From Wikipedia: Maude was an American sitcom television series that was originally broadcast on the CBS network from September 12, 1972, until April 22, 1978.

Maude stars Bea Arthur as Maude Findlay, an outspoken, middle-aged, politically liberal woman living in suburban Tuckahoe, New York with her fourth husband, household appliance store owner Walter Findlay (Bill Macy). Maude embraces the tenets of women’s liberation, always votes for Democratic Party candidates, and advocates for civil rights and racial and gender equality. However, her overbearing and sometimes domineering personality often gets her into trouble when speaking about these issues.

The show was the first spin-off of All in the Family, on which Arthur had made two appearances as Maude, Edith Bunker’s favorite cousin. Like All in the Family, Maude was a sitcom with topical storylines created by producers Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin.

Personal note: Bea Arthur was a champion of LGBTQ+ causes and friend to the community. She often was outspoken about rights and I saw her speech as a key speaker at the “March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation” in 1993.

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Maude (Bea Arthur) tries to teach Arthur (Conrad Bain) a lesson by taking him to a gay bar!Maude From Season 6, Episode 10 ‘Florida’s Affair’ – The furnace r…

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